Welcome! I'm the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Competitive Enterprise Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship (with tenure), and co-chair of the PhD Program at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. Born and raised in Qufu, China, I have studied and lived in Shanghai, London, Toronto, Chicago, Helsinki, and Edmonton before joining IU. I got three degrees respectively from the London School of Economics, University of Toronto, and University of Alberta. In the interim, I also worked as a business consultant.


On this website, you will find information about my research, teaching, and service. Thanks for visiting! 

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EMLYON Interview where I shared some thoughts regarding research on optimal distinctiveness, social enterprises, and entrepreneurship, and some advices for early stage scholars.



(1) JBV Special Issue Call: Getting More for Less: The Role of Resourcefulness in Entrepreneurship [PDF]

(2) IACMR 2021 Junior Faculty and Doctoral Consortium being prepared!

Time: June, 2021

Location: TBD

(3) If you plan to apply for our PhD program and would like to work with me, please select "Strategic Management and Organization Theory" as your major as you navigate the application system



Strategy and Organization Theory, Institutional Theory, Social Entrepreneurship, International Entreprenuership, Emerging Markets, Cross-National Comparative Studies




Doctoral: Organization Theory

MBA: Developing Strategic Capabilities

Undergraduate: Strategic Management

Global Business Institute: Social Entrepreneurship



Deputy Editor: Organization & Environment

Guest Editor: Journal of Business Venturing

Editorial Board: AMJ, AMR, JBV

Reviewer for ASQ, Org. Sci., SMJ, ASR etc.

Chaired various AOM Research and Award Committees

​现任Organization & Environment副主编,AMJ, AMR, JBV编委会成员。

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